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Hydration & Fertility

Yes, there's a connection, so drink up!





When it comes to preparing for pregnancy, many women focus on making lifestyle changes such as adopting a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and taking prenatal vitamins. However, one critical aspect of preconception health that often goes overlooked is hydration.


Staying hydrated is important for everyone, but it is especially important for women who are trying to conceive. Here's why:


Optimal cervical mucus production

Cervical mucus plays a crucial role in fertility. It helps to create a hospitable environment for sperm to survive and travel through the reproductive tract. Inadequate hydration can lead to a decrease in cervical mucus production, which can make it harder for sperm to reach and fertilize an egg.


Improved uterine lining

Staying hydrated can also help to ensure that the uterine lining is thick and healthy. A well-hydrated body is more capable of producing the necessary amount of blood flow and nutrients to nourish the uterine lining, which can increase the chances of successful implantation and a healthy pregnancy.


Increased fertility

Dehydration can lead to a reduction in blood volume, which can cause the body to conserve water by reducing blood flow to non-essential organs, including the reproductive system. This can reduce fertility by making it harder for eggs to mature and for the uterus to support a pregnancy.


Reduced risk of complications

Staying hydrated can also help to reduce the risk of complications during pregnancy. Dehydration can lead to issues such as preterm labor, low amniotic fluid levels, and even birth defects. By ensuring that your body is adequately hydrated, you can help to minimize the risk of these potential problems.





So how much water should you be drinking while trying to conceive? The Institute of Medicine recommends that women drink at least 8 cups (64 ounces) of water per day, but this can vary depending on your activity level, climate, and individual needs. If you're struggling to drink enough water, try carrying a water bottle with you throughout the day or infusing your water with fruit for added flavor.


In addition to drinking water, you can also stay hydrated by eating water-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables. This can help to ensure that your body is getting the necessary fluids and nutrients to support optimal fertility and a healthy pregnancy. So Drink up! This simple habit will do wonders in improving your health and vitality and can also help support conception and a healthy pregnancy. Your body will thank you!



Infused Water Recipes (recipes found at https://coachellavalley.com/amazing-spa-water-recipes/ )


Strawberry, Lemon, and Basil Spa Water

  • 4-6 strawberries, hulled and quartered

  • 1/2 lemon, sliced

  • Small handful of basil, scrunched

  • Ice and approx 6 cups of cold filtered water

Instructions

  1. Fill your juice pitcher to the top with ice and fruit.

  2. Slightly scrunch up the basil so it releases its flavor. Cover with cold filtered water.

  3. This water is best if you let the water infuse for at least 1 hour. If you’re impatient (like me), poke a few holes in your fruit with a fork for instant flavor. Adding basil to water gives it an amazing freshness and the fruit adds just the right amount of sweet tang.

Orange and Blueberry Spa Water
  • 2 mandarin oranges, cut into wedges

  • A handful of blueberries

  • Ice and approx. 6 cups of cold water

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and put in the fridge for 2-24 hours to allow the water to infuse.

  2. You can also squeeze in the juice of one mandarin orange and muddle the blueberries to intensify the flavor.

  3. Serve cold.

Watermelon and Mint Spa Water
  • 12 cups seedless watermelon cubes

  • 1/2 cup lightly packed fresh mint leaves

  • Ice and approx. 6 cups of cold water

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and put in the fridge for 2-24 hours to allow the water to infuse.

  2. You can add as much or as little fruit as you’d prefer. Add more fruit for more flavor and sweetness.



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